Confidence of God’s presence with us is the bridge of certainty over which our faith walks forward. His presence is also what gives us our identity and purpose here on this earth.
Immanuel. He comes and lives with us. He builds of us a spiritual Temple — not only a place where He dwells but also a living sign to all the world that He is here. On this earth, His children are to be His voice of mercy, His hands of compassion, and His heart of unconditional love.
And as the Creator builds His Temple of living stones, the rescuer King makes His sisters and brothers partners in the mission:
“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.
“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
So … what is ahead for you today, child of God? What awaits you in the next week?
You have no idea?
Neither do I.
Life can change completely in the blink of an eye.
We have only these certainties: We know who we are. And we know Christ will be with us.
To the very end of this age.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
More Promises of His Presence: Genesis 28:15-16; Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; 1 Chronicles 28:20; Psalm 16; Psalm 73:23; Psalm 110:5; Psalm 121:5, 7; Psalm 139; Psalm 145:18; Isaiah 41:9,10,13; Isaiah 42:16; Isaiah 43:1, 5; Isaiah 46:3-4; Matthew 28:18-20; John 14:16, 18, 19, 23; Hebrews 13:5; James 4:8; 1 John 4:13, 15, 16
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